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Mid-season summary: “The Hankook iON Race is 100 percent meeting the requirements of Formula E”

Mid-season summary: “The Hankook iON Race is 100 percent meeting the requirements of Formula E”

Season 9 of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship has reached the halfway point. The teams and drivers already have eight races behind them – in six global metropolises with track surfaces that could hardly be more different. Hankook Motorsport Director Manfred Sandbichler takes stock: “The new Formula E tyre, the Hankook iON Race, has mastered these challenges with great aplomb so far. When developing the tyre, we worked closely with those responsible in the FIA and Formula E. They wanted a tyre that works in both dry and wet conditions. Furthermore, it should also meet sustainability demands, meaning it had to be particularly hard-wearing and made from recyclable materials. The teams have just two sets of tyres for a single-header, including all the free practice and qualifying sessions, and three sets at their disposal for a double-header. Our mid-season summary: The Hankook iON Race is 100 percent meeting the requirements of Formula E! So far, there has not been a single puncture. And that despite the different track surfaces and external conditions. Whether asphalt or concrete, rough or smooth, in extreme heat like in Cape Town or cooler temperatures and rain like the races in Berlin – our tyre has overcome every challenge and reliably provided the drivers with the grip they require. Hankook has arrived in Formula E, and we are very proud!”

For decades, Hankook has been one of the first ports of call when it comes to international motorsport. Hankook supplies its race tyres to globally-renowned series, high-class junior formats and popular grassroot events. With new collaborations and partnerships, the company is constantly enhancing its status as a global player on the motorsport scene. Since the 2023 season, Hankook has been the new and exclusive technical partner and tyre supplier of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. In close cooperation with Formula E, the iON Race was developed for the world championship. Roughly 30 percent of the high-performance tyre is made of sustainable materials. With this commitment, Hankook is taking another pioneering step towards energy efficiency and sustainability in motorsport. The premium tyre maker has also agreed a further collaboration with Italian sports car manufacturer Lamborghini Squadra Corse and has been official technical partner and exclusive tyre supplier of the Lamborghini Super Trofeo since 2023. Hankook’s portfolio covers a broad spectrum. This includes the 24H Series powered by Hankook, one of the most prestigious endurance series in the world, as well as the FIA ERC4 Junior Championship on the rally scene. Hankook also supports popular touring car championship TCR Italy, many high-class one-make cups for a wide range of renowned manufacturers, junior single-seater series, and assorted international racing events with race tyres and technical know-how.

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Mid-season summary: “The Hankook iON Race is 100 percent meeting the requirements of Formula E”

Manfred Sandbichler, Director Motorsport, during the 2023 Hankook Mexico City E-Prix, 1st meeting of the 2022-23 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, on the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez from January 12 to 14, in Mexico City, Mexico - Photo Xavi Bonilla / DPPI

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